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October 24, 2013

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Personally, not a huge fan of Thomas Aquinas. Greek philosophy is not compatible with Christian theology, except in a few areas. In Greek philosophy, the body is bad. In Christian theology, the body is good and will be redeemed eventually by God. Greek philosophy has brought us off course in our understanding of eschatology and other important things on many occasions in the church. I am a bit wary about some of what Thomas Aquinas believes because of that.

Are there Biblical grounds for the "two books" hypothesis? Romans 1 perhaps, other similar passages. I'm not sure how far to take that concept.

Are there Biblical grounds for the "two books" hypothesis? Romans 1 perhaps, other similar passages. I'm not sure how far to take that concept.

Not sure if I'm understanding what Aquinas was getting at with the "two books", but if I guess correctly, I believe this is in line with the ideas of "general revelation" and "special revelation".

General revelation being God revealing Himself through nature, etc. Special revelation being God's written word, the Bible.

Calvin makes a good argument for these in his opening sections of his "Institutes." Well worth reading.

As Aquinas did, Evangelicals conflate reason with truth. With their puffed-up minds, they think that if an argument can be made concerning Scripture using reason, then their reasoning constitutes the truth. For example, some of these wisdom lovers claim that God's greatest attribute is His sovereignty. Surely reason tells us this apparent fact, but it isn't found anywhere in Scripture; rather, it is their philosophical presupposition.

Now, it might be true, but it is clearly an import, a made up conclusion, or an interpretation. One could reasonably argue that God's holiness or His love is the greatest attribute, & since God gives man free will, one has doubts as to whether or not His sovereignty is even absolute after such an act of generosity; unless, said free will is posited in such a way that, for all intents & purposes, it is just an illusion of freedom & free agency; rather, all is considered to be directly the cause of God: including evil & man's rebellion. This determinism means God is so very rational that He becomes the cause of that which He forbids, the ground of being for evil, & the breaker of His own divine will - nonsense!

Of course, nonsense also exists; it has a reality: it truly exists, & the cause of this nonsense; the ultimate cause is of course the ground of all cause - the absolutely Sovereign God who causes all things to happen just a certain way, or made a world such that He knew it would happen in just such a way & therefore is responsible for everything that happens in it good, Bad, & ugly.

For all the attributes of God must be absolute according to the rationalist thinkers, but then how can one attribute be His greatest? It is so perplexing.

Of course, if one attribute is absolute, then all the rest are: for only an omnipotent God could also be an omniscient God, & how could He know all things absolutely unless He had the power, the time (eternity), the position (omnipresence), etc. to know all things absolutely?

Only some little problems seems to get in the way of this really big enough God. His personality seems to disappear behind a veil of determinism, & His identity begins to blend into the world in a rather pantheistic way since, for Him to have always known what He would choose & do, He always had to have chosen exactly this world from first to last, or rather, in timeless contemplation. Eternity past merges with eternity future in the omniscient mind of God; therefore time is either finite or circular & we need a new definition of eternal life. If time were truly infinite, then God could never have known the eternal future from the eternal past.

The whole world is also as old as God Himself; as soon as God had a mind, so to speak, He knew this one & only world that He would make. Some say He does not think; He creates. Therefore, the world came in to being at the same time, moment, whatever that God's all knowing mind came into being. However, God did not come into being; He always existed. Therefore all of history & everything that has ever happened & ever will happen is just as old, figuratively speaking, as God Himself & is the very mind & will of God.

One cannot even say God planned to make this world or began to make it; it always existed in the mind of God. His love or hate for us was never chosen: it was always determined regardless of what we would do. Like a book, God merely wrote a story about Himself, a book that describes Himself & His attributes, & we are simply the characters in a story about Himself.

At least the Stoics could choose to play their part well or not, but according to the evangelical, we cannot even do that unless God makes us play it good or bad. They have taken the pagan & turned it into an absolute. Such is their wisdom. All hail their reason!

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